The Forum was one of the important centers of Roman social life. The Forum had the large marketplace. In the forum were all the Roman banks. The Forum was also a business center. But the Forum had a purpose that we might find unusual.
It was in the Forum where anyone who felt like it could stand and talk to the crowd and express their views on any subject. It was called Orating and the Romans loved it. Teachers of speaking would bring their students to the forum and assign them to try and convince the crowd that a specific idea was the correct and proper idea. Politicians gave speeches here. Any adult male roman citizen could speak in the Forum.